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Malaysia and Indonesia interested in buying Turkish armed drones

Reuters/Umit Bektas
A Baykar drone, seen at a defence expo in Istanbul

Malaysia and Indonesia have expressed keen interest in buying armed drones from Turkish defence firm Baykar, according to Ankara’s foreign minister.

“Many Asian countries, especially Malaysia and Indonesia, show great interest in our defence industry products. Agreements are being signed,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told a press conference in Tokyo on Monday.

Cavusoglu, who was in Japan to attend the funeral of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, added: “We would most gladly meet Japan’s need for drones.”

International demand for Turkish drones has soared after their impact on conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Libya. On September 21 Reuters reported that Baykar delivered 20 armed drones to the United Arab Emirates this month.